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Issue 2008 - 8, November 7, 2008

Save the Date! "Creating the Future" Coming Dec. 4
The MCCC Board of Trustees' Report to the Community, set for Thursday, Dec. 4, will showcase student and college success, and honor three recipients of the Trustee Awards.

The college's biggest special event of the year, "Creating the Future" takes place at MCCC's Conference Center, with an Open House from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. , followed by the awards presentation at 6:30. This year's awardees are alumna Ana Berdecia of Thomas Edison State College, Cenlar FSB, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton. Read more and sign up here.

Flight Team Takes Top Spot in Regional Competition
Mercer's Aviation Flight Technology students again scored first place in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association Region VII competition. Marc Schambers and Judith Galayda won first and second place in the "Top Pilot" category, as well as "Top Male Pilot" and "Top Female Pilot" contests. Photos here.

Men's and Women's Soccer Teams Advance to District Tournaments
Both the men's and women's soccer teams are proud victors in their respective battles for Region 19 titles. On Nov. 1 the women's team defeated the County College of Morris 1-0. Under second-year head coach Jodie Ricciardi, Mercer's record of 17-3-1 is its best since 1989. On the men's side, the Vikings defeated Essex Community College 6-1. With a record of 15-2, this win marks Mercer's eighth straight regional title. Head coach Charlie Inverso, now in his 23rd season with the Vikings, notched his 416th victory, giving him the second best record in NJCAA Division I soccer history.

Mercer hosts the Northeast District Tournament this weekend, Nov. 7-9, for both men and women. The men's team faces Massasoit Community College in a semi-final game at 10 a.m. Saturday. The winner of that game moves on to the final, to be played Sunday at 11 a.m. The women's district final follows the men's game Sunday at 1 p.m. District winners travel to the NJCAA national championships later in November.
More here with photo links.

Women's Tennis Going to Nationals
The MCCC women's tennis team has captured three Region 19 titles, qualifying it for the NJCAA Championships. Hillary Gall and Rebecca Wolf won singles titles and teamed up to capture the No. 1 doubles crown. The national tournament takes place in May, 2009.

MCCC Presents Scholarships at Recognition Ceremony
Student success was at the forefront at MCCC's Recognition Ceremony for Continuing Students on Oct. 22, when deans, faculty and staff members presented scholarships to deserving students. Vice President Guy Generals served as MC, and President Patricia C. Donohue welcomed all.
Click here for a sampling of photos.

The Center for Continuing Studies Offers November and December Classes
MCCC's Center for Continuing Studies is offering November and December workshops in business and technology, plus personal interest classes, including a variety of culinary offerings. Click here for the CCS webpage.

MCCC Design Staff Wins Nine Awards
The college received nine awards from the National Association of Marketing and Public Relations, Region I, in a competition held recently in Saratoga Springs, NY. One gold, four silver, and four bronze prizes were awarded for design work, including prizes for design of the new WWFM website, a postcard series, several invitations and posters. In its region MCCC competes with two-year colleges from Maine to Virginia, eastern Canada, Scotland and the United Arab Emirates.

Three Gifted Artists Explore Light at MCCC's Gallery Nov. 11-Dec. 18
A Light Without...A Light Within" opens at The Gallery Nov. 11, featuring work by three “painters of light” including MCCC Associate Professor Kyle Stevenson, Joseph Gyurcsak and Robert Beck. The public is invited to a
n Opening Reception Nov. 12, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., when Mercer jazz students will entertain. A Gallery Talk takes place Thursday, Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m., and and a special Winter Solstice evening of music and poetry takes place Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. See images from the show and read more here.

Princeton Library to Screen MCCC Student Film Nov. 12
The Princeton Public Library and the Board of Trustees of Mercer Street Friends invite all to a screening of the award-winning film produced by MCCC TV students Nick Donnoli and Sam Kanig that
describes the programs of Mercer Street Friends. The event takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Princeton Public Library.

Theater Students to Perform Ibsen Nov. 14-23
Mercer's Theatre students will stage Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll House" and "Hedda Gabler," considered two of the most influential and lasting plays of the modern theater. Performed in repertory, the plays will showcase Mercer students and alumni under the direction of professional artists. All performances will take place at MCCC's Studio Theatre, next to Kelsey Theatre. More here.

Lecture on Architects Venturi/Brown Nov. 19
Filmmaker James Venturi, the son of leading 20th century architects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, will present a synopsis of his feature-length documentary, "Learning From Bob & Denise," at a lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 12 noon in the Communications Building, Room 107. The lecture is part of MCCC's Distinguished Lecture Series. More here.

Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center to Show Two Films Nov. 20
The Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center will show two films on Nov. 20 in the Communications Building, Room 109. Both are free and open to the public. "One Survivor Remembers" will be shown at 12 noon.
"Rosenstrasse" will be shown at 6 p.m. More here.

Ron Smith to Speak on Rattlesnakes Dec. 4
On Thursday, Dec. 4 MCCC Biology faculty member Ron Smith will shed light on one of New Jersey's endangered species in his talk, "Rattlesnakes and Military Operations: Friends or Foes?" Part of the Distinguished Lecture Series, the talk takes place at noon in the Communications Building, Room 109. More here.

Oral Interpretation Students to Host Event Dec. 6-7
MouthWorks is back! MCCC's Comedy Troupe performs a hilarious show, "Jello Baby," Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. in the Studio Theatre, next to Kelsey Theatre. Admission is free and no reservations are required. The show is rated PG. Faculty member Kathi Paluscio says "Come early for seats." For more information call 609-570-3454.

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